“Take the first small step, then chase the footprints you aspire to leave behind.”
— Adam Braun, The Promise of a Pencil
I’ve always wanted to create what Adam Braun (the founder of Pencils of Promise) brilliantly called “a for-purpose organization”. And I am on the way to achieve this dream. Meanwhile, I’m committed to support the initiatives that already exist and that I deeply respect and believe in.
I’m so excited there are more and more charities that not only do amazing things for people, animals and the environment, but also make giving back possible and easily accessible for everyone.
“If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.”
A portion of all my revenue goes to these organizations:
Centrepoint helps young people off the streets forever. They are committed to making a real and lasting difference to the lives of young people. They not only provide a warm safe room, but also support homeless young people with counselling, advice and training so that they have the opportunity to find work or education and to achieve independence.
Doctors Without Borders help people worldwide, where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from health care.
FINCA is one of the leading microfinance institutions, offering credits to small scale businesses that have been turned down by traditional banks. Their programs reach over one and a half million low-income people in 22 countries. Although they are a non-profit, they operate using sound business principles and an entrepreneurial spirit.
IFAW helps animals around the world. They protect endangered animals and provide emergency relief to animals in crises.
Kiva provides safe, affordable accesses to capital to those in need. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help alleviate poverty and create opportunity around the world.
Pencils of Promise is a for-purpose organization that builds schools, trains teachers and funds scholarships. They bring high-quality and life-changing education to children around the world, and they also educate kids about water, sanitation and hygiene to keep them healthy, happy and full of promise.
Women for Women help women survivors of war rebuild their lives. They work with marginalized and socially excluded women in 8 countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. Women who enroll in their one-year program learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living and learn how to fight for their rights and become leaders.
World Vision is a worldwide community development organization that has been engaging people to work towards eliminating poverty for more than six decades. World Vision works with poor communities at the grassroots level empowering them with the right knowledge, skills and resources to work their way out of poverty.